The NatWest’s inaugural Climate Hackathon was a two-day interactive event encouraging students to develop ideas for green and sustainable business practices that took place on 27 and 28 May 2021. Around 50 of Cranfield University students and alumni were invited to take part and challenged in teams to develop innovative, green-focused business solutions.

Josh Winfield, regional enterprise manager at NatWest, stated, “the UK is moving towards a greener economy, with companies of all shapes and sizes having to change the way they work – from start ups right through to well-established global firms. It’s the responsibility of all of us to carry sustainability forward, but especially the next generation of new businesses, which have the potential to play a particularly vital role in the UK’s climate change ambitions.”

The Climate Hackathon provided opportunities to engage with students and alumni to develop new ideas and innovative solutions for green-focused, sustainable business practices, helping to combat climate change. The winning team to be announced this month will receive up to £1,500 towards funding their concept as well as access to NatWest’s Climate Accelerator content and mentoring.

Dr Oksana Koryak, Programme Director for the Management and Entrepreneurship MSc at Cranfield School of Management, stated, “Entrepreneurs can become the driving force behind meeting the world’s ambitious climate focus targets and combating the negative consequences of pollution and climate change which are affecting billions of people today.

“This event is set to leverage and enhance the knowledge and skills of Cranfield graduate students and alumni to enable them to create and scale the sustainable businesses of the future”.

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